Recap of October 18, 2016 Meeting

Slack Log (Requires SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at login to view. Set one up if you don’t have a Slack account)

  • Welcome
  • Lesson plan updates
    • @melindahelt is half done with her LP
    • @skarjune finished the CustomizerCustomizer Tool built into WordPress core that hooks into most modern themes. You can use it to preview and modify many of your site’s appearance settings.: Static Front PageStatic Front Page A WordPress website can have a dynamic blog-like front page, or a “static front page” which is used to show customized content. Typically this is the first page you see when you visit a site url, like for example. vs. Content Feed
    • @skarjune is drafting the new LP: Customizer: HeaderHeader The header of your site is typically the first thing people will experience. The masthead or header art located across the top of your page is part of the look and feel of your website. It can influence a visitor’s opinion about your content and you/ your organization’s brand. It may also look different on different screen sizes. and Background Images

Customizer: Menus/ @mindsize
Templates/ @juliekuehl
Themes/Plugins Relationships/ @coachwp
Customizer: Site Icons and Logos/ @melindahelt
Basic Theme Configuration/ @chmchm
Theme Documentation/ @meaganhanes
*How to Find Theme-Specific Documentation/
*Customizer: Header and Background Images/ @skarjune
*Theme Troubleshooting/
Theme AccessibilityAccessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). (
Theme Internationalization/

  • Copyediting updates
    • @estes.chris has edited Contact Form 7 and Template Tour.
    • Authors need to review feedback
    • @c3zh will be copyediting my Customizer: Static Front Page vs. Content Feed
    • Copyediting processes got discussed last week and need some documentation.
      • There are a lot of questions about the how/why of things.
      • If you haven’t weighed in on the topic, do so here:
      • Some context for this conversation:
      • It’s been started before, but we didn’t move forward for various reasons.
      • the next step seems to be to step back and flesh out a plan with a pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the Plugin Directory or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party that we think would work with the following known constraints:
        • the patterns we tend to follow/need as a team working together
        • the known likelihood of different plugins being allowed for use on make
        • the existential questions outlined in @skarjune’s post and the implications of the use of a particular plugin on those questions
          • @mindsize will write a post with a brief proposal

What is Contact Form 7 /@estes.chris
What is Google XML Sitemap / @pauloyler
building a sitemap for a site /
Improving Your Site’s Performance / @mindsize
What is W3 Total Cache /
Dashboard Icons (higher priority than the others) / @pbarthmaier
Help Regenerate Thumbnails /
Template Tour / @estes.chris
Customizer: Static Front Page vs. Content Feed/ @c3zh

  • Training/Testing Updates
    • @chanthaboune none of our training materials have a “alien audience” voice to them (for folks who are already committed to using WordPress and don’t need to be convinced of it).
    • might be the case that we need an addendum for those who are “undecided”
    • @melindahelt to use the Child Themes LP for Pittsburgh meetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on will help you find options in your area. in November.
    • also looking at the local installLocal Install A local install of WordPress is a way to create a staging environment by installing a LAMP or LEMP stack on your local computer. LP as well (MAMP) but there might be a few edits needed there